Child Car Restraint Update - May 2017

Posted on: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

The issue of incorrectly fitted harnesses is one of the most common corrections noted during checks conducted by Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters.

The step of ensuring a child has a firmly fitted and adjusted harness is an important step in all child car restraint checks and installations. Ensuring parents or carers know how to check and adjust the harness in the future is also important.

When checking harness heights and educating parents and carers on the topic, key areas for review and discussion include:

  • For rearward facing child car restraints, the harness height should be equal to or no more than 25mm above the child's shoulder height,
  • For forward facing child car restraints, the harness height should be equal to or no more than 25mm above or below the child's shoulder height,
  • For child car restraints with height markers, follow the instructions on the labels for what mode a child can use the child car restraint in, or when to move to another type of child car restraint,
  • How to adjust the harness height; does it need to be rethreaded or has it got an easy adjustment option?
  • How to loosen the harness and then retighten to ensure a firm harness fit,
  • Ensure the harness straps have no twists and that the harness buckle engages correctly.

Demonstration of harness fit is often easier if the child is present, so encouraging a parent or carer to have the child with them, or offering to check the harness after a baby is born can be beneficial.

If you have any queries, please contact Road Safety Project Officer, Tammie Deshon via email; tdeshon@walga.asn.au.

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